Quincy Preserves to Host First-Ever Walking Tour!
Historical preservation is integral to the identity of Quincy. It contributes to the liveliness of our streets and our booming downtown district. It symbolizes important events, people, and ideas in our area’s history. It promotes the heritage of our city to all who visit and live here. Without historical preservation, there would be far fewer gems in the “Gem City.”
Preservation is so important because once a historical building is demolished, it is lost forever. The chance to renovate or save a structure that adds so much to the cultural landscape of an area is eliminated. These beautiful buildings showcase high-quality building materials that are no longer found in newer construction, such as rare hardwoods and unusual tinted glass. To lose them would greatly hinder our community’s understanding and appreciation of great architecture and craftsmanship.
These historical landmarks also contribute to the local economy. Certain types of businesses, specifically new businesses, have distinct economic advantages when housed in an older building. Having a historic location helps start-ups avoid the high-overhead of new construction while fostering a homey and warm atmosphere that attracts customers. This also leads to discussions surrounding the architecture and history of the space. These structures bring people together by fostering conversations within communities. In addition, preservation supports a sense of permanency. Historical buildings were built by different standards, so they can withstand far more than newer construction. Their ability to last throughout time is encouraging to those seeking to restore and admire these architectural treasures for years to come.
The Quincy Preserves has been committed to restoration of historical structures in our community since the mid 1970’s. This organization began as an outgrowth of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts, more commonly known today as Arts Quincy. The Quincy Preserves has supported restoration work at the Washington Theater, the Woodland Cemetery, the Dr. Richard Eell’s House, the Villa Kathrine, the John Wood Mansion, and the Historical Society. This organization also contributes to the knowledge of preservation by donating to the expansion of the Quincy Public Library’s collection of books, videos, and magazines on the subject.
To delve deeper into preservation efforts in the Quincy community, join the Quincy Preserves on their first Historic Walking Architecture Tour through The District this Saturday, June 13. This outdoor tour will take place from 10am-2pm and provide more information on the community’s commercial architecture. The origins of special edifices and other exterior architectural details will be discussed as well. Due to current health regulations related to COVID-19, tours will be given in small groups. Tickets to this event must be purchased in advance at https://quincypreserves.org/tours-events/order-tour-tickets/ for $10.
Learn more about the Quincy Preserves and its programs at https://quincypreserves.org